Tennessee Titans Haven’t Forgotten How to Run the Ball

Dec 4, 2011; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills guard Kraig Urbik (60) and outside linebacker Chris Kelsay (90) try to make a tackle on Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson (28) during the second half at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Titans beat the Bills 23 to 17. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-US PRESSWIRE

The Tennessee Titans haven’t forgotten how to run the ball, I assure you. The question is how well will they be able to run it this year. In a little blurb from CBS’s Rapid Reports today Matt Rybaltowski gets a little quote out of Titans offensive coordinator Chris Palmer:

While the Titans plan on using more four-and five-wide sets in 2012, OC Chris Palmer wants to remain balanced. “You look at top passing games in the league, to score you’ve got to throw, to win, you’ve got to run,” Palmer said. “You’re going to hit bad weather, and you’re going to have to to run.”

The Titans are posed to have one of the most threatening passing games in the league this year, which is a huge step forward for them, considering just a few years ago Justin Gage was the number one receiver for them (cue PTS flashbacks). If you don’t believe that’ll be a major boost to the run game, then… well I don’t know what to say.

Defenses won’t be able to just key in on CJ. They’ll have to account for the likes of Kenny Britt, Kendall Wright, Nate Washington, and Damian Williams. They’ve got to pick their poison.

The Titans also bolstered their interior line by adding veteran guard Steve Hutchinson. If they can fix the issues with the center position the Titans should see their line return to form, though they were one of the best pass blocking lines in the league last year.

All I know is that you can bank on a much improved run game. Even a blind man can see that.

 

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Topics: AFC South, Chris Johnson, Damian Williams, Kendall Wright, Kenny Britt, Nate Washington, NFL, Tennessee Titans, Titan Sized

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